A new design. I like it a lot!!!
This is a new branch of 18 Grams and Glory Coffee in Hong Kong in Mong Kok on Kowloon side which is in one of the busiest shopping districts. You can reach this place via Mong Kok MTR exit E2 or Yau Ma Tei MTR exit A2, the latter, I believe, is closer.
Customers flow in all the time... :)
The entrance of the shop is a bit of a mystery for those who are not frequent in the area like me. One needs to walk a bit further from the Gala Place main entrance to find an escalator that goes down to its basement.
The 18 grams signature: going under the counter?
Being in the mall, the opening hour late into the morning, 11ish, makes having coffee and breakfast there somewhat off. Nevertheless, Egg Benedict was much touted there by its head barista so that is my target next time.
For food, I had a basic spaghetti meat sauce. It was good. The dish had a rich, meaty and gluey sauce though I would prefer spaghetti a bit more al dente. The dish also carried a ‘fusion’ tone, more western of a Chinese style western dish (Confused..
). Still, it works fine and I like it.
Rich and meaty sauce.. Can be a bit more al dente
This is a cafe so let start with the coffee. What's so special about it is the return of the "Three Little Pig" blend to 18 Grams after a six month hiatus.
Left, What is in TLP. Right, how TLP tastes
Three Little Pig blend is Mexican, Guatemala and Nicaraguan and one get the clean, citrusy sweetness in the cup that works very well with milk and black coffees. The blend may not be outstanding in term of the body and aftertaste and carries a bit of the roasty and peanut tone that I don't really like but it is a signature of Glory Coffee. However, what's in the cup more than makes up of all the weaknesses and what it does not have.
Very nice citrusy and sweet espresso
Ristretto below is even more interesting. It has a flowery fragrance note, followed by acidity (citrusy to be more exact) Nevertheless, the body could be much better but it's a nitpicking here. I prefer espresso as my default drink at 18 grams. Even in the empty cup, the honey and citrusy fragrance of its black coffee were so salient I kept on smelling the empty cup for a long while.
Ristretto: intense, flowery, Citrusy but weak body
This time, the TLP seemed a bit darker in the milk vs. my last encounter with this blend six months later. The temp of the drink was perfect but please always ask for warm drink to be on the safe side in this part of the world. IIRC, Capp here is top with chocolate powder so ask the barista to hold the chocolate/cocoa powder too.!!!
Nice texture and sweet vs. cafe with Sydney root
I got a very nice chocolate tasting note and very sweet milk drink I haven't had for a while. This is a great for Aussie style though it's still way behind in term of velvety texture Crema Coffee in TST East offered. Still, this is a highly recommended place for milk drink, aided by its superb blend, TLPs.
Beautiful latte art. Taste good too.
The Picolo latte, complimentary from the head barista, was very tasty but I don't like some smoky note in the cup so I suggest you get Cappuccino here instead.
Tasty piccolo latte but I prefer Capp
If your root is from North American where the drip coffee is a standard drink, you can move in with ease with this TLP which is very clean, sweet and acidic. Also, this is closer to what the third wave coffee made famous, ie less stress on body and complexity which is very ‘old world’ style
. While some local may think this coffee is not ‘strong enough’ (唔夠硬) and not too long ago lots couldn’t imagine the clean and bright acidity cup will fit local taste profile of roasty/toasty note, 18 Grams at Gala Place is a living proof local knows how to appreciate good, hip and happening tasting note coffee all central American blend contributes. This is a kind of coffee coffee lover asked others to get a bag when one of them visited North America as you could happily drink this coffee without invoking something else to make it more ‘palatable’ like tradition such coffee comes from or romanticizing Italian things to make drinking the coffee 'bearable'.***One won't get this blend from its first shop in Causeway Bay so this new branch of 18 Grams is really worth a visit if one happens to be in Hong Kong and wants a good cup***
18 Grams and Glory Coffee were so adamant that they want each shop to have its character and they don’t want to run a chained café. As such, you can only get TLP at its Mong Kok shop. I was also told that the blend might be roasted lighter which could further accentuate the origin tastes, a la third wave style. I consider this blend one of the best in Hong Kong
and highly suggested you drop by for a hip and happening cup at 18 Grams in Mong Kok which I prefer to the one in Causeway Bay due to its coffee blend.
Cappuccino (warm and no chocolate powder),Espresso,and spaghetti with meat sauce
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Jun 25, 2011 Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3